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Near Death Experiences -- Do loved ones meet us at our final hour on earth?

Updated on June 20, 2015

The reassurance of what waits for our loved ones on the other side of this life.

my mom at her 80th birthday party.
my mom at her 80th birthday party.

Do our loved ones meet us at our time of death?

Do we actually see Jesus waiting to escort us to Heaven?

My mother recently entered into eternity. I had always hoped that when someone I love slipped into their eternal life, I would have the reassurance of hearing who was waiting for them on the other side.

I have heard of people seeing their loved ones -- I have even heard stories about people seeing some of the Old Testament saints like Solomon.

When my mother recently suffered a blood clot and cardiac arrest, my first thought was that I couldn't wait until she woke up so we could hear who she saw.

Sadly, she never was able to speak, her condition worsened and brain damage occurred. We were never able to talk about who she may have met during the 20 minutes she was in cardiac arrest.

One evening before the funeral, my sister mentioned my mom had said her little sister was in the hospital room with her. During the time this was reported, my mom was doing well. She was in good spirits and not in a traumatic or grave situation. She was waiting for her scheduled cardiac bypass surgery. The little girl she said was at the head of her bed, and each time she turned to look, she was gone.

She said at first she thought the girl was an angel, and then she realized it was her sister.

The little sister she talked about had died at the age of 5 years old of scarlet fever. My mother never met her sister on earth!

When I asked why my sister had waited to tell me this, she didn't think much of it -- my mom was doing very well, there was no reason to necessarily believe this little girl was real, or coming to greet her. We were all at peace that mom was going to pull through the surgery.

When our pastor talked to my mom about the surgery, asking if she was nervous or afraid, she replied "No, I am ok, I believe I will be fine, and if something happens to me during the surgery, that is ok too because Jesus is already holding my hand."

Shortly after this time, an emergency cardiac stent was performed to open an artery -- which is when the blood clot formed and my mother went into cardiac arrest.

Nearly fifteen years ago, my mother had a near death experience. After a somewhat routine surgery, she bled too much and the hospital could not elevate her blood pressure enough to stablilizeher. The doctors gave instructions to notify the family to come and say goodbye because they were unable to stop the bleeding and raise her vital signs.

It was a Sunday morning, instead of going to church, we all headed to the hospital. On the way to the hospital we each called our respective churches and asked for immediate prayer for our mother.

When we arrived, the situation was grave. She was not responding. She was in and out of consciousness. We were hoping for a miracle.

The miracle was delivered! Out of nowhere her vital signs improved and the bleeding slowed. My mother was still very ill, but stable.

Once she was able to talk again, the story of what she saw unfolded.

She asked if she had been near death, as she didn't really understand what was happening to her. We said that in fact, she was close to dying.

She knew this to be true. She saw her father next to her bed, and her little sister, whom she had never met, in her room. She said she also saw in the distance rolling hills. On these hills she saw many, many people gathering and walking to join those already there. In this newsprint world, people kept coming and coming. She said it was as if it were black and white or newsprint.

My mom also said that if one of us talked to her to encourage her to fight, the others from the newsprint world would fade away, however as soon as she shut her eyes again, it was as if they continued to gather.

Her little sister and her father were a constant presence while she was so ill. She never saw her mother, and always wondered about this.

We believe if it had truly been time for her to leave this planet, her mother would have also been there waiting. Thankfully this was a miraculous recovery and we were blessed to have our mother until March 30 of this year. I believe with all my heart she is now in the presence of our Lord and her family that she had waited so long to be reunited with.

So, the question is, have you had an experience like this one?

Do you have loved ones who have had the experience?

God bless you!


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      Tami Fite 16 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing, I never tire of hearing about others' experiences. For such encouragement to me. I miss my mom like crazy as I'm sure you do too. God bless you thanks so much for reading and for your encouraging comments!

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      Check Shyong Quek 16 months ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I also know that this is true from my personal experience through my mother. Not very long before she passed away, she told me that she dreamt of my father who had passed away more than 40 years ago. It was the first time she ever told me about this but I didn't think much about it then.

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      brittvan22 18 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I will say I was right where you were on May 29th, 2012, where I found myself 28 and losing the one person in my life with whom was my constant since I entered this world. I will pray your strength. I also wrote on my mother, with whom I lost from a heart attack in her sleep. Nice hub.

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      Tami Fite 22 months ago

      All of your comments are so very encouraging to me. God bless each of you and thanks for your feedback and sharing your stories.

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      Brenda Snyder 3 years ago

      Wilma Henry!! Thank you so much for this post! I can relate to everything you are saying!! Been there for 43 years and now we have 12 wonderful grandchildren from HIS, MINE and OURS!!!! We are a family !! NO more your, mine and ours!!!! Keep up the grear postings!!

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      Tami Fite 4 years ago

      Wilma Henry - thank you so much for the encouragement! It is experiences like you describe that continue to help us through the painful times. God bless you & may He continue to use you to encourage others! Tami

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      Wilma Henry 4 years ago from Kentucky

      I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story . I lost my Mom in 1998 to copd. She had been so ill for several years that she could barely walk and used a wheelchair most of the time. When my aunt called her son in another state the next morning, the words he said still give me comfort after all these years. He said "I knew Aunt Lorena had gone Home because about the time she passed away I had a vivid dream in which she was running past me like she was going somewhere important". I pray your father has found peace in the certainty that he will indeed see your mom again.

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      Tami Fite 4 years ago

      Azure Sky -- thank you for your insight -- every nugget I learn, I share with my dad, who is so concerned he may not see my mom again.

      Writing has been so important in my journey through grief.... thank you for your kind words! Tami

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      azure_sky 4 years ago from Somewhere on the Beach, if I am lucky :)

      As a hospice nurse, I have been privy to a lot of "visitings" from the other side. I always ask the family if they would like me to write down any names that are uttered by my patient when they are not in the room, and sometimes have to explain why I asked.....it can get very complicated when they have to start calling distant relatives that know the "family tree" and ask about this person or that one. It can get very interesting too! I find it amazing that more people don't understand what is actually going on between these two worlds.... I'm enjoying reading your work.

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      ann roberts 5 years ago

      Last year, 2011 I was very depressed and I was in a coma 4 separate times, I saw visions of beautiful colors gold and purple and my uncle who had committed suicide in june of 2010 was at my side holding my hand, the doctors said that I was a miracle the only people.that I was responsive to.was my family God was not ready for me but I do know where I will be when it is time.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Tami, I believe "absent the body, present with Jesus." What a beautiful life story to share, and I am so grateful to have read it. My husband's step dad had died about two years ago from lung cancer. He was always a little rough around the edges. He was a former Ranger, Special Forces. From his speech, we did not believe him to be a believer, but a day or two before he died, the family heard him asking the Lord to forgive him for having killed so many people in war, Vietnam. Then he cried, and the very next day, right before he died, the family heard him say, I see Him, He is waiting for me! Jesus is waiting for me. The Word of God tells us that we will be known as we are known here, so that tells me, our loved ones, family, friends, etc., will know us and we will know them. God bless you for writing this. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Tami, I believe many people do die and experience heaven, as your mother described. Many people say that they see rolliing hills, flowers and people coming to great them. My father shared a near death experience that was identical to your mother's. He did not want to come back to us, but Jesus told him he had to because it was not his time. Thanks for sharing from your heart. I enjoyed the read on this one.